Albatron GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB -
13 - The Verdict
As reference based as this card really is, you just can't go wrong with a GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB. The stock performance for the money you put in is just simply very good.
Albatron as always has a rock solid product to offer to you guys. Now besides the slightly faster memory frequency change these cards are all based off the same reference model. Meaning the performance is really close to each other.
I've already explained in our earlier 800 GTS 512Mb reviews that NVIDIA made a pretty nice move with this product, as you will get the raw horsepower to play your DX9 titles as you want to. I'm leaving DX10 out of equation here though, because for me personally this year's biggest disappointment was to find out how incredibly hard it is for current DX10 class graphics cards to render actual DX10 games.
Surely, for the end-user the 8800 GTS 512MB is a small step forward in the series 8 products. The trick is however that you get to play pretty close to GTX performance at a lower price which is obviously welcomed very much.
With the release of the GeForce 8800 512MB GTS, a really charming product has entered the long 8800 product line. My advice is forget about the 8600 series and skip the 8800 GTX or Ultra's. Just go for either a GeForce 8800 GT 512MB or 8800 GTS 512MB, leave the rest as is, as these two products are where the real value versus a joyful gaming experience is to be found. You'll enjoy the 512MB GTS very much since any game to date can be played at the nicest image quality settings and resolutions. Albatron is offering this product at roughly 230-250 EUR which considering the performance and features is an excellent price. And the product is covered by a 2 year warranty.
By all means, if you spot one .. go for it. You'll love playing games on this product !
Thanks go out to Albatron for making this review possible.
Price 249 EUR,-
One of the most popular cards is the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB version, and guess what .. Albatron just released theirs. Time for another Guru3D review !
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